The Secrets Of South Bank, London

4.3 out of 5 stars


38 mins

1.7 km

By Brian Cookson

This walk takes you along the South Bank, which until 40 years ago was built up with wharves for handling all sorts of cargo. It was a hive of activity and not at all attractive for tourists or walkers. Today some wharves have been pulled down for modern developments, but many remain and have been converted into leisure use or luxury apartments. Fortunately the conversions have been sensitively done and allow us to appreciate the industrial architecture and even some of the atmosphere of the old Port of London. The views are stunning.

11 stops

38 mins

1.7 km


Tower Bridge

River Thames

  • 1
    St Olaf House
    Find out St Olaf’s connection with London’s history and his links with this building
  • 2
    London Bridge
    Outline of the 2000 year history of London Bridge
  • 3
    London Bridge City Pier
    Identify some famous London riverside buildings by London Bridge
  • 4
    Hay’s Galleria
    See how one of the most famous wharves has been converted to modern use
  • 5
    City Hall
    City Hall is where London’s Government is run. It was designed. by Norman Foster..
  • 6
    Horsleydown Stairs
    Horselydown Stairs are located in a former brewery, now converted into apartments
  • 7
    Design Museum
    The old Banana warehouse was converted to house the Design Museum and the Blue Print Café.
  • 8
    St Saviour’s Docks
    Hear about the gory history of the River Neckinger
  • 9
    Dock labourers
    Learn about the precarious lives of Dock labourers.
  • 10
    Tower Bridge Piazza
    Admire a strange piece of modern sculpture in London Bridge Piazza
  • 11
    Tower Bridge
    Be amazed by Tower Bridge, one of London’s iconic structures, and hear its history.


4.3 out of 5 stars
4 reviews
02 May 2021
5 out of 5 stars

Cam Hunt
19 Feb 2021
5 out of 5 stars

Ben Grubb
05 Nov 2020
5 out of 5 stars

Krzysztof Tomasiewicz

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4 out of 5 stars

09 Mar 2020
3 out of 5 stars

21 Sep 2019
5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely fantastic, my mum and I both really enjoyed it. Very informative, looking forward to doing another one of Brian’s tours in the future.

Veronica Lilevman
14 Sep 2018
5 out of 5 stars

The first YourTour I tried and absolutely loved it! Especially the story around the Jacob Island. Thank you! It was absolutely a fabulous walk

The Secrets Of South Bank, London

4.3 out of 5 stars